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Hartford Cave

Archaeological Site
An aerial view of Hartford Cave – Bahamas Ministry of Tourism

This protected historical site of The Bahamas was discovered by Rum Cay residents, who would go there to collect bat droppings for use as fertilizer. They sometimes found utensils like clay plates, cups, and bowls underneath the rich carpet of guano, which were later found to be Lucayan-Arawak in origin.

The walls of the cave are decorated with ancient petroglyphs from the Lucayan-Arawak Indians, said to be the largest number of such rock art within The Bahamas archipelago.

Accessibility Notes

This site might not be suitable for persons with mobility impairments and those in wheelchairs. Access is by boat from the water onto sand, or via four-wheel drive vehicle over rugged terrain.

Pet Friendly Notes

Leashed pets are allowed, but must be controlled.

Time Period Represented

A.D. 600-1500


Dawn to Dusk

Seasons Open

Year Round


There is no fee to access the cave, but it is recommended that you visit with a guide. Price is negotiable.

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